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Our Fourth Week in Rijeka

Posted by gramma on September 30, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Our fourth week in Rijeka, as usual has been a mixed bag. We picked up two new readers, but illness and work kept some of our readers from coming as much as they would have otherwise. Nevertheless we logged 30 hours for a total of 92 hours for our four-week project. Our party was small but we had a lot of fun, played People Bingo, Pictionary, a poor man's version of Headband and Switch. Val's knee was good enough that even she played switch. We made new friends while we were here, we had...

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Three weeks have flown by

Posted by gramma on September 24, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

As usual time is slipping by in a hurry. With two new readers we were blessed with 23 hours of reading this week. Once again we had a small, but very nice, party with about 40% of our readers in attendance and good support from our hosting church. It was a blessing as we had an English language night, even writing Cinquain poetry. Here are a couple of samples:



Strong, trustworthy

Caring, loving, watching

Always close to me


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Our second week in Rijeka has come to an end

Posted by gramma on September 17, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Our second week was highlighted by our first party. It was small but everyone seemed to have a good time. Two-thirds of our readers were there, which is always good. Also, we were able to sign up two new readers! We have included a couple of pics from the party in the photo album.


We had 21 hours of reading sessions this week in spite of the fact that one of Steve's readers, one who came every day in the first week and usually stayed for two hours, was only ab...

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Our first week in Rijeka, Croatia

Posted by gramma on September 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

September, 2017 finds us in Rijeka, Croatia. We arrived about a week ago for a four-week Let's Start Talking Project. We are hosted by the Kristova Crkva (Christ's Church) and they have already been very helpful and supportive.


We do not have a lot of readers at this point, about 6, but a couple of new ones are scheduled to come next week. Our readers come just about every day so we logged 15 hours of conversation centered on the Gospel of Luke in four days. O...

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Our fourth and last week in Athens

Posted by gramma on April 24, 2016 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Our fourth and last week in Athens has come to an end. We lost a few readers in our last week but many continued to come just about every day. We have totaled 359 hours of reading over the last four weeks, with over 70 different people. Some have gotten as far as Lesson 16 in our Luke books. We have had good discussions when the reader's level of English allowed it. We have many readers who are very interested in what we are reading and not just the English. We had our hand off meeting ...

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Week 3 in Athens has flown by

Posted by gramma on April 17, 2016 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We have had another good week and time is beginning to fly by even faster. We have now surpassed the 300 hour mark in reading. Many come every day and we do see some progress in those whose English is limited. A few are self-taught and at the beginning they struggled to read because they have learned by listening to movies and music; they have never learned grammar and they have read very little in English. After a couple of weeks their reading improves markedly as they see many words ove...

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Our second week in Athens

Posted by gramma on April 10, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We have finished our second week here in Athens and it has been another very good week. We continue to add new readers; everyday our readers bring friends who want to read, but many of them do not know enough English to really have a conversation with them. We have now completed over 200 hours of reading sessions in our two weeks and have read with about 70 different people.


The new readers that we are getting are mostly from the Iranian refugee community here. While mo...

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Moving on to Athens, Greece

Posted by gramma on April 2, 2016 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Well we have made a quick transition from Jordan to Greece. Athens is a beautiful place and we enjoy a distant view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon from the balcony of our apartment. (I know, it's a dirty job but someone has to do it.) Our first week here has been very busy. This week we read from Tuesday through Saturday and plan to read three hours on Sunday afternoon. Through Saturday we logged about 120 hours of reading sessions.


The Glyfada church where we a...

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Week 2 (the last) in Amman

Posted by gramma on March 26, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

As usual our second, and last, week in Amman has flown by. The four of us have accumulated over 240 hours of reading over the last two weeks and we have had some great conversations, but now we have had to say goodbye to our new friends. On Thursday evening we had a party and about 35 attended. We were humbled by the frequent expressions of gratitude that we received. Some brought friends and it was great to see how much fun everyone had. We had a pretty good mixture of christians and mu...

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Our return to Amman

Posted by gramma on March 20, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)


We have completed our first week of a two-week Let's Start Talking project in Amman, Jordan. We are here with Mark and Holly Melton and we have had a very good week of reading. Because Jordan is overwhwlmingly Muslim, for this project we have given our readers the choice of reading our ususl 'Luke' book with texts from the gospel of Luke or a new 'Beginnings' book that contains texts from throughout the Old Testament, beginning with the creation story. Most of the material in ...

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